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Recycling Consultation From The County Council

 

The latest consultation from Essex County Council is on recycling centres- you can find it here.

Review of Essex County Council’s Recycling Centre Service

Essex County Council currently spends about £7m per year providing 21 Recycling Centres across the county for residents to dispose of their waste. Although some of these sites are modern, purpose built facilities many of the sites are old and small, starting life at a time when landfill was the only way we managed waste. However, the way in which waste is handled and these sites operate has changed in recent years, with an increasing need to separate many different materials. With this in mind a number of sites that we currently run may no longer be able to efficiently meet the needs of a modern Recycling Centre.

In addition to this, there have been many improvements to and an increase in the way that recyclable material is collected at the kerbside from households, which in turn, has resulted in fewer residents needing to take their recyclable material to the Recycling Centres. Due to the pressure from central government to make savings and to streamline services, Essex County Council is required to review and reshape the way services are delivered. With unprecedented savings of £235m required over the next 3 years all our services need to be looked at in order to deliver these more effectively and efficiently. The authority is keen to ensure that it continues to provide the best recycling services for its residents within available resource; however maintaining existing levels of service may not be achievable. The purpose of this survey is to collect information from residents that use our Recycling Centres.

We will then use the feedback to help us develop a Recycling Centre service strategy, ensuring we target our resources on those services that users deem most important.

Put Your Bin Out On The Right Day Over New Year… !

From the District Council website:-

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We’re Number One For Recycling – Again !

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As the district council website reports here Rochford has just been officially rated as the number one local authority in England for recycling.

That means we are the best out of 350 councils – with a 66.7 per cent recycling rate.

Credit should go to everyone concerned – the councillors who produced the original scheme (better than, say, Chelmsford’s), the staff who do the work everyday, and especially to the public for responding so well and making the effort to recycle.

Recycling Gridlock This Morning

The Recycling Centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh is grinding to a halt this morning. Because so many people have been going there this weekend nearly all the skips are full, so as at 11 am this morning they are using a dustcart parked inside to take most of the stuff . That’s making it harder for drivers to get out of there after they’ve unloaded their stuff….

Latest Weather News From The District Council

Waste Collections:

Waste collections have now returned to normal with the exception of Monday (21 Jan) and Tuesdays (22 Jan) compostables collections which will be collected next week on your normal collection day.

Sports Pitches:


Council officers have been out this morning (Friday Jan 25) inspecting pitches that are used for sport by local clubs over the weekends.

Having inspected all Council sports pitches we are afraid to say that the none of our pitches except Rochford Recreation Ground and Great Wakering Recreation Ground will be available for use this weekend.

Look At The District Council Website For Any News On Bin Collections

 

The District Council advise on their website:

Monday – All waste and recycling collections have been suspended until further notice due to adverse weather conditions. If possible, leave your bins presented at the boundary of your property for collection and continue to check the website for further updates and advice

Michelins Farm Likely To Become Industrial / Traveller / Recycling Site.

As the Echo have reported the District Council look set to create a Traveller Site at Michelins Farm, near the junction of the A127 and A1245.

It’s not been offically decided yet, but we can’t see the council picking another site now.

Although it is called a farm , it’s really just a piece of poorly -maintained land at the moment. One corner of the site would provide 15 pitches for travellers (=30 caravans), and the rest would become an industrial site. Also, the recycling centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh, would be moved here.

On the whole this looks to be the most suitable location for a traveller site in the District. It would also make it much easier to take enforcement action against unofficial traveller sites. However, some care will need to be taken to provide separation from the industrial uses.

The other possible sites that the council has looked at were the A1245 (where travellers are now) , Madrid Avenue off Rawreth Lane, and to the south of London Road. Michelins Farm does seem a better choice than these alternatives.

Though it will strike some people as odd that the council could find 5 potential sites in Rawreth and West Rayleigh, but not one possibility from Hockley, Hawkwell, Rochford, Ashingdon, Canewdon, Stambridge, Paglesham, Great Wakering, Barling, Shopland and Sutton put together. Perhaps a more suitable location has been overlooked.

Special Guests At Rawreth’s Meeting

Rawreth Parish Council meets next Wednesday at 7:30 in the Rawreth Village Hall.

This time District Councillor Mike Steptoe, who is in charge of grass-cutting, grounds maintenance and recycling, will be coming along to answer questions.

Paul Tovell, from Anglian Water, will also be coming to give an update on the Rayleigh West Treatment Plant.

Should be a good meeting. If you live in Rawreth, or near the parish, it could be worth coming along.

Two New Campaigns From The District Council

The District Council have just come up with two ideas – one for promoting recycling and one for promoting marriages at the Rayleigh Windmill.

First of all, recycling. The District have been very successful in recent years in making us think about recycling issues. In fact we do know of one lady resident who dreamed last week that she was married to Usain Bolt. And all they wanted to do in the dream was to do recycling together….

Anyway, the District Council is going to be giving out car stickers at local events, in the Council Offices receptions in Rayleigh and Rochford, and at local libraries. If council staff see a sticker in your car in the next couple of months you could win a prize. More information here.

The second idea isn’t confirmed yet. But the Rayleigh Windmill will soon be hosting its 100th wedding. It looks likely that there will be a special offer coming soon – we will let you know when it is confirmed.

Why Is Car Park Income Down? Below Prediction?

Update: we got this one a bit wrong- so we are amending what’s below and will do a separate update on this….

There’s a mixture of good and bad news in the latest financial report to the District Council. You can download it here. (732kb)

The good news is that:

  • Income from planning application fees is forecast to be £113,000 above original budget with additional income expected following the Government’s announcement of a 15% increase in planning fees from the Autumn ; this is the first increase since 2008.
  • Spending on housing people in bed and breakfast accommodation is forecast to be below original budget by about £80,000.
  • We’ve got an extra bonus of £216,000 for recycling. But this is a bonus payment that we won’t get in future years.
  • Savings of around £50,000 will be made on the IT contract, this is because inflation is lower than budgeted for.
  • The bad news is that:

  • Despite now charging for parking at the Freight House, income from pay and display machines is forecast to be £117,000 below original target.
  • Income from car park season tickets is also expected to be below original budget by £80,000.
  • Income from Building Control charges is forecast to be £85,000 below original budget.
  • Income from Land Charges is forecast to be £40,000 below original budget.
  • So for this year the council’s finances look okay, thanks partly to residents’ good work on recycling…..

    A Positive From The Cabinet On Recycling.

    The Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Mike Steptoe, made an interesting decision on April 30th. The District Council will be applying to the government for extra grant to bring back weekly recycling for all items for flats.

    Basically, the government is keen to bring back weekly recycling across the UK, and is providing 250 million Pounds towards this. Now, the government is trying to cut the national deficit , which needs to be done. So it’s a bit surprising that the government is willing to hand out 250 million Pounds in this way, especially when districts such as Rochford have shown you can do so well with fortnightly collection of dry items.

    But anyway, that’s the amount of money thats around, and there’s been around 180 bids so far from councils for this cash. Rochford is applying for a relatively modest amount, to help with the most difficult places to recycle – flats without much space to store waste. The extra grant would help with the extra costs of a weekly collection for flats, plus two smaller vehicles. This seems a sensible thing to do, we back Cllr Steptoe and the officers on this, so lets hope we can have a successful bid.

    You can download the decision and the background report from here – it’s the decision made on April 30th (113kb)

    Recycling Collection Update:

    The District Council have advised as follows:

    Recycling collections are now back to normal after the severe weather although compostables collections (green bins) were suspended all week. Normal collections will resume next week (subject to weather). Please place your non-recyclables bin and compostables bin out for collection on your usual collection day.

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